The Casual Vacancy Audiobook (Unabridged)

The Casual Vacancy (Unabridged), by J.K. Rowling
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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3 (70,149 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Narrator: Tom Hollander Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Release Date: Audio Length:
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When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations? A big novel about a small town, "The Casual Vacancy " is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other. Download and start listening now!

J.K. Rowling’s first grown-up novel is an impressive foray by the author into the world of contemporary adult literature. An intriguing departure for the world-famous author who recently completed the beloved Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy is an entertaining and captivating audio book that tells the tale of the tiny English town of Pagford whose peaceful appearance hides a dark secret unknown to outsiders - that the town is in fact in a state of perpetual war with itself with multiple factions comprising the warring parties - husbands versus wives, brothers fighting with brothers, teachers battling with their students, and children fighting with their parents.

And when Barry Fairweather, a prominent town council member and local rowing team coach, unexpectedly dies from an aneurism, his now-vacant position on the council sets the stage for the most explosive and widespread conflict that the small, tightly-wound town of Pagford has ever experienced anytime in its history. With the small town's peaceful veneer stripped away none of the town's citizens are safe in the ensuing battle that arises from this tragic and unexpectedly controversial event.

Darkly humorous, constantly intriguing, and filled with surprises, The Casual Vacancy is an unexpectedly thought-provoking novel and an outstanding display of J.K. Rowling's skill and talent as a novelist.


Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Vera T. | 5/21/2014

    “ Not Rowling's best work by far but fairly enjoyable nonetheless. ”

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Geoff mac | 5/8/2013

    “ A great book, ”

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Joe Smith | 1/4/2013

    “ I regret that I have to say I found this book Tedious and lacks focus - previous review "the story Meanders a bit and Loses focus" - couldn't put it better. Had high hopes so sorry I have to be negative about it ”

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Sarah V. | 11/11/2012

    “ Let's face it, a certain segment of Rowling's fanbase would have bought and read this if it had been a book about rail schedules. And that would be unfair to The Casual Vacancy as it's a very delightful and thought-provoking story that's really unlike anything she's written previously. In addition to being a great story it's also well worth a listen as the audiobook is very well-done. ”

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